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Old Dec 06, 2014, 09:31 PM
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2/3 springer tug power

I'm building a 2/3 sized springer tug. I have a powertrain that includes a 380 sized motor and suitable prop. Will this be enough motor to move my foot long tug, or should I seek another option? I have everything in the junk box to get this little boat in the water, so it might be a try and adjust unless someone thinks it will be way to low powered to enjoy.

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Old Dec 07, 2014, 03:30 AM
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Try reading this thread on a 12" Springer. I think that I remember that a 385 was not enough but that a geared 400 worked fine. Remember that they wanted to push something rather than to just move the model.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1616407
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 01:18 PM
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Yes, It will be fine.
I have been running a Springer on 6v, with a 400 series with a 2.33:1 gear drive, and it
matches a stock 500 series motor. If your model is smaller, there should be no problem
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 03:29 PM
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A geared Speed 400, would work better. More power, and, less load on the motor. Our boats run on 6v, as that allows for us to power everything, directly off of the main batteries. I have moved my 65 lb, 4' long deck barge with it. Here are some photo's.
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 05:29 PM
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Is there any other info you could use? They get small, and heavy, quick, when you start putting them together. Careful R&D though, will make for a great small pushboat. Mine has been running for over 2 years.
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 06:37 PM
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CaptCB, what are the dimensions of your litte Springers, length, beam?
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 10:28 AM
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The fiberglass hull, for the 1/24 Truckable, is approximately:12" long x 5.5" wide x 3.25" deep. Here are some photo's of it next to a partially built, Microglass Springer. It really shows the size difference!
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 06:41 PM
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That's sweet! Is that a hull that can be purchased by mere mortals?
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 06:54 PM
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It is part of a kit, but yes, we do sell the hull, and also the special hi-tech rudder, separately. PM me for price and info. CB
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